Meet The Alliance

Thanks again for visiting The BDD Alliance website. We have done our best to put together this simple to understand, yet comprehensive online resource to help those affected by Body Dysmorphic Disorder and BDD-related conditions. If you have any questions or comments, please fill out our Contact Form.

Team Members

Scott M. Granet, LCSW
Scott Granet is known for his commitment to expanding professional and public awareness of obsessive-compulsive disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. He is the author of several articles on both disorders and has appeared on national and local television and radio shows. Mr. Granet served as a presenter on BDD at numerous U.S. and international conferences and has also taught continuing education classes at various U.S. universities and institutions on the topics of OCD, BDD, and other anxiety disorders. He currently works as a clinical social worker with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health; and in June 2008, he opened the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California in Redwood City. Mr. Granet offers individual and family therapy for OCD and BDD, and facilitates treatment groups for panic disorder and OC spectrum disorders with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Malin McKinley, LCSW
Malin McKinley is an honors graduate of UCLA with a BA in psychology and a master’s degree in social welfare. She currently specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and other related disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. She has extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and was the co-author of two groundbreaking articles on BDD during her graduate training at UCLA’s Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program. Mrs. McKinley is currently a primary clinician at the Los Angeles Body Dysmorphic Disorder & Body Image Clinic in Los Angeles, California.

Peter Karnes
Project Director / Webmaster
Peter Karnes has a background in multiple career fields, including substance abuse and mental health rehabilitation, as well as business management and fine art photography. Mr. Karnes studied photography at the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver between 1997-1998 and later graduated with honors from Florida’s St. Petersburg College in 2007. As a visual artist and long time BDD sufferer himself, he knows first-hand how difficult it can be to cope with body image issues in today’s competitive, beauty-driven society. Peter’s personal struggles ultimately became the inspiration for The BDD Alliance website, which launched in June of 2013. Peter now lives in Durham, NC, where he works as an investor and part-time photographer.

Special Thanks To

Allison W., Cory Smith, Dr. Laura Gilliom, Dr. Katharine Phillips, Arie Winograd, Dr. Jamie Feusner, Laura Paulson, and all of the clinicians at the Los Angeles Body Dysmorphic Disorder & Body Image Clinic.